Local organization helping in Deferred Action screening process

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 3:35pm

WACO -- One local group is helping to screen immigrants who may qualify for the DREAM Act.

The DREAM Act allows children and young adults who have been living in and were educated in America to stay in America for at least 6 more years.

Catholic Charities Central Texas have qualified lawyers at Baylor Law School between 4 to 8 tonight to help those interested and to see if they qualify.

One local immigration lawyer tells us the screening process will help take the risk out of applying.

"For someone who doesn't qualify and shouldn't apply, having someone tell them that they can and then submit applications that might put them into deportation proceedings," Susan Nelson, Attorney for the Nelson Law Firm said.

Basic Eligibility via Catholic Charities Central Texas
1) Entered the US before age 16 and
before June 15, 2012;
2) Currently at least 15 years old and
born after June 15, 1981;
3) Continuously resided in the US
since June 15, 2007 and present in
the US on June 15, 2012;
4) Currently in school, have graduated
from high school or obtained
a GED, or have been honorably
discharged from the military;
5) Not been convicted of a felony, a
significant misdemeanor, or three
or more misdemeanors;
6) Not pose a threat to national security
or public safety.

For more information contact:
Catholic Charities of Central Texas
Immigration Legal Services
Mary Lou Patino
Phone: (512) 651-6125


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